Caretaker boss delivers his thoughts following Old Trafford defeat...
EDDIE NIEDZWIECKI believes the Potters gave the on watching new manager Paul Lambert plenty of reason for optimism on Monday evening despite slipping to a third successive league defeat.
Goals from Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku secured Manchester United maximum spoils at Old Trafford to keep their faint title hopes alive, and further cement the Potters inside the bottom three.
However despite the outcome, caretaker boss Niedzwiecki felt he saw enough passion, determination and quality from the players to suggest that it won’t be too long until the side begin to climb the Premier League table.
“I thought we started the game really well, we came with a plan and for long parts of the first half we played some really good stuff,” he told the media following the game.
“Unfortunately we make a little mistake and get ruthlessly punished for that by Antonio Valencia, but even after that we picked ourselves up and created opportunities to get ourselves at least back on level terms.
“I always say that when you come to places like this you have to take your opportunities when they come your way, and unfortunately we weren’t able to do that tonight."
“We showed real character, we stayed in the game, and even after they go 2-0 in front thanks to another piece of individual brilliance, I thought our guys, to a man, continued to show all the characteristics that will help them between now and the end of the season.
“Maybe in the second half we struggled to gain the same momentum we had in the first period, but that was possibly down to the fact that we didn’t’ want to concede a third, fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh.”
He added: “Credit to the players tonight because they showed some real fight and passion, which they needed too - there is a huge period coming up now, over the next few weeks, and everybody has to stick together and come through this spell.”